Eur Ing Professor Geoffrey M. Beresford Hartwell
CEng FIMechE FIET MIEEE(USA) FCIArb FICArb(India)
Chartered Engineer and Chartered Arbitrator
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Geoffrey Hartwell has been a Consulting Engineer since 1969. He was apprenticed as a seagoing engineer officer in the Merchant Navy, learning his trade in oil tankers. When he first came ashore Geoffrey worked in aerospace, designing gyroscopes and autopilots for missiles, airplanes and helicopters. He then moved to nuclear power station and electrical power system controls.
In his consulting practice he designed and advised on electrical power generation, on water, sewage, and other waste treatment, energy recovery and machinery for moving bridges and similar plant. Geoffrey is especially proud of the design and site management of the modernisation of the machinery of The Tower Bridge, London, in the 1970s.
Geoffrey’s first domestic arbitration was over forty years ago, when he had studied no Law. He was appointed by an engineering institution who lent him a book from the library. A few weeks after that Award, the loser’s lawyer appointed him to his first international arbitration. He went on to be Chairman of CIArb, President of the Society of Construction Arbitrators and a part-time teacher, eventually External Professor of Arbitration Law, lecturing on an LlM course in the Law School of the University of Glamorgan, now the University of South Wales (USW).
He remains in practice for arbitration, adjudication, expertise, and advisory work, after a stroke in 2006, limited only by a degree of physical disability. He now also lectures part-time on Ethics for an MSc course in the department of Computing, Engineering, and Science at USW.